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Chambersburg Area Middle School

Public | 6-7 | 1365 students

 

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Posted April 8, 2014

I like this school I have been here my first year of middle school I also got my first gf here it is strict though I have been in the principals office multiple times I am an ok kid


Posted June 4, 2012

I am wondering, actually I think I know, why parents of daughters think CAMS great, while parents of sons think this school is horrible. It goes, I think, to their policies, their over-zealousness to suspend kids for any infraction. Put bluntly, if you have a sweet little dear, hands on her desk daughter, you've got it made. If you have a somewhat typical middle school son who enjoys joking in the halls, cafeteria, or line with friends, beware. CAMS is a no touch, no humor, no fooling around institution where the most zealous activity is carried on by the administration and counselors who's detention/suspension ration I bet is at 100 as day..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

CAMS has been the bane of our family's existence since day one. Prior to entering 6th grade, my child excelled in her studies, loved school, and was extremely social. To see a child like this do a complete 180 in less than a year is frightening, to say the least. Since starting at CASD, her grades have slipped to the point that she may very well have to repeat 6th grade. She has become introverted. Her documented medical and learning issues have been consistently ignored by school personnel. Most teachers are slow to contact parents regarding a problem until it is too late to step in and fix it. They fail to listen to concerns and, when concerns are raised, the child is marked as a 'problem student' with 'combatant parents.' If you have the means, do not settle for the mediocre 'education' offered at CAMS!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2010

My child has an IEP. He is consistently bullied by students AND physical education teachers (still works there) The teasing has escalated to physical harm 4 times this year and there were 2 incidents last year. Academically, the school work is not at all challenging at all and my child is an average student. A charter school would be the way to go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2010

My child is in the sixth grade 'overflow' group. Their field trip is five miles away at the local potato chip factory. There have been NO parent teacher conferences, and I have ran into a teacher -- with my daughter, and the teacher did not even know her name!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2010

Teacher quality is poor. The teacher to student ratio is about 30 students to 1 teacher. There are no extracurricular activities. There is no communication to the parents. I wasn't even told about an early dismissal. My student wasn't either. I learned about it from another parent later in the evening. There is no parental involvement. I tried to have a conference with my child's teachers. Only 2 teachers showed up each time. He has at least 6 different teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2009

The teacher and staff do so much for these students to make them feel comfortable in school let alone the parents sending them to school, overall the school is fantastic.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 10, 2009

Cams Is A 'Okay School' As Long As That Y'all Have A 'Problem Child' And Have A Child That Is Wanting To Be The 'Class Clown' ! My Child Was An 'A And B' Student Until He Had Started At Cams In 2007... He (Our Son Now A 7th Grader) Always With Coments On How The Class Size Is Always With To Many Students (26 - 30 +). As Well As That The Teachers Have No Time For A 'One On One' To Be Teaching The Kids The Skills That Allow To Their Grades To Excel. I've Been Very 'Displeased' About How Our Son Has Been 'Degraded As A Person' At Cams' . This School Is 'Hot' To 'Find Reasons For Giving Demits' As For Having An 'Off Campus Subspensions' (Which) Talks Away Class Room Studies And Causing A Student Falling Behind,Leading To A Lowered Grade In Grades There... I Would'nt Recomend This School !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2008

i think this school is one of the best school in pa.that have many activeys for the kids and also they have wonderful teachers and staff that care so much about the students.i was a student there once and i loved it but then i had to move.


Posted May 28, 2004

I think CAMS is a worderful school, both my daughters have enjoyed their time there, my one child needs to be challenged and she has been, and my other child needs just a little more attention and she received it. The teachers are great, they really do get to know their students. I think it says alot about a school when your children have perfect attendence and when asked how their day at school was, I always get a good response.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2003

I think everyone at this school is doing a great job keeping the kid busy and keeping them out of trouble.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2012.

322 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

325 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
68%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

313 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

312 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
66%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students68%
Female74%
Male63%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multi-ethnic57%
White75%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female62%
Male47%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multi-ethnic36%
White63%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students72%
Female70%
Male73%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multi-ethnic85%
White76%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
English language learners9%

Reading

All Students76%
Female80%
Male73%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multi-ethnic90%
White79%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
English language learners18%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 71%
Hispanic 13% 8%
Black 7% 15%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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1151 East McKinley St
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Phone: (717) 261-3385

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